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Happening All Weekend
ESPN X Games- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6-8. There is something for everyone with more than 200 athletes competing, live music from artists such as Kanye West, Flaming Lips, Leopold and His Fiction, autograph sessions, food and drinks, a playground for both big and little kids, a gaming shack, and more. For the complete schedule, click here. Tickets starting at $39. COTA, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin.
Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Showtimes vary. See Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole at Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin) or Mary Poppins at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin). All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. Only children age 3 and up are permitted to attend.
Romeo and Juliet (Round Rock) – Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Performances take place in the amphitheater of the Centennial Plaza. Audiences are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to purchase it from the concessions tent. For middle school ages and up. Arrive early for a pre-show: Christian Academy presents youth Macbeth, starting at 7:15 p.m. FREE but donations are appreciated. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.
Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars. Something for Nothing Theater will perform Hamlet with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours. This is the final weekend of this production. FREE! Ramsey Park, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.
That 70s Concert – Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. An Austin Civic Orchestra tradition, no summer would be complete without the Pops Concert in Zilker Park. You might be lucky enough to be selected as guest conductor through a raffle. This year’s musical selections are pieces popular in the ’70s. Enjoy a wide array of familiar musical selections including songs from Barry Manilow, Led Zeppelin, Saturday Night Fever, and more. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2301 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Staci Gray at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – Friday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Every Friday throughout the summer (excluding July 4th), Kaleidoscope Toys will be providing amazing family entertainment! This Friday, hear Staci Gray, an Austin-based children’s performer, whose original music gets kids to sing, dance and be just plain silly! Admission is FREE with one food item PER PERSON for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Movie Night: The Nut Job – Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Get cozy under the stars for a night of fun featuring The Nut Job (PG). Read about Catherine’s experience at last week’s movie here. Call for weather updates: 512-358-2460. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr., #800, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, June 6 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Music on the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, June 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night in the Music on the Square Summer Concert Series. All concerts are FREE! This Friday you can enjoy the Georgetown Pipes and Drums Band. 710 S Main Street, Georgetown.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, June 6 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Appalachian Folk music by Lost & Nameless Orchestra. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Summer Reading Kick-off Star Party – Friday, June 6 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Discover the wonders of the night sky with a Star Party from Austin Astronomical Society and get the first chance to pick up summer reading logs and event schedules. FREE for all ages. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin.
Etsy Craft Party – Friday, June 6 from 7-9:00 p.m. Create some awesome projects using old photographs. Burlap Bag will provide materials and old photos, but feel free to bring some fun photos as well. C.R.A.F.T. will be there teaching one of the awesome projects available. Light drinks and snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome. FREE but please RSVP here. The Burlap Bag, 502 West 30th Street, Austin.
Movie In The Park: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Friday, June 6 at 8:30 p.m. Remember the old drive-in movies on the big screen? Well, Dittmar Recreation Center is having a “flashback.” This is an opportunity to enjoy Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the big screen in the middle of the park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Family friendly and FREE! Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road, Austin.
Hasbro Saturday Morning Cartoon Breakfast – Saturday, June 7, from 8 – 10:30 a.m. ATX Television Festival and Hasbro Studios are creating that nostalgic morning for kids and parents alike — we invite you to our family-friendly Saturday Morning Cartoon Breakfast and encourage you to come in pajamas (both little and BIG kids), grab some pancakes, or a bowl of fruit loops, before snuggling up on blankets to enjoy episodes of My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers: Rescue Bots. Hasbro Studios will provide giveaways, interactive Smilebooth photo booth, and games! While attendance (and breakfast) is free, please RSVP if you plan to attend. Feel free to come early and stay late, or come in between! Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel, 701 Congress Avenue, Austin.
Home Depot – Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. – noon. Kids are invited to build a pint-size riding lawn mower at this FREE hands-on workshop, designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9 a.m. Register to attend at a Home Depot near you.
Round Rock Market Days (Round Rock) – Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lots of vendors! Arts and crafts, food vendors, artisans, farmer’s market… music, shopping and fun all in one day! Come check out the new location. Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock.
KIDFISH (Pflugerville) – Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. – noon. KIDFISH and Texas Parks and Wildlife stock 200 pounds of fish in Lake Pflugerville to boost the fishing experience for the event. Prizes will be awarded. FREE! On site registration required. South shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville.
Boardwalk Grand Opening – Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Join The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin as they celebrate the grand opening of the Boardwalk on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Themed “Run, Walk or Bike on Water,” the celebration will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, a festive march across the Boardwalk, family entertainment and more! Lakeshore Metro Park, 1928 S. Lakeshore Boulevard, Austin.
Cabela’s Kid’s Day (Buda) – Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Buda store will have activity booths from more than 20 local outdoors organizations, a bounce house, sno-cones and dozens of free activities including archery, kayaking and fishing! The first 50 kids to catch a fish receive a free Zebo rod and reel. Cabela’s, 15570 S. IH-35, Buda.
Cuckoo Storytime- Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Join us as we read Cuckoo! for Storytime. Cuckoo hatches. And all is well. But when his brothers and sisters sing out Too-too-weet! Too-too-weet! Cuckoo instead chirps Cuckoo! and no one can understand him. Ever feel different? Join us to find out what Cuckoo does to feel better!! Stay afterwards for fun, crafty activities! FREE! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.
Simon Kidgits Lil Chefs Event- Saturday, June 7 at noon. Come mix it up with the Simon Kidgits as we learn how to stir, simmer, bake, and decorate our way to good nutrition (with a healthy helping of yummy treats, of course). Bring your aprons and roll up your sleeves! Don’t forget to bring a canned food to donate to the Capitol Area Food Bank. $5 annual membership fee. Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
Sadie Book Launch Celebration- Saturday, June 7 at 4 p.m. Meet special guest, Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh, founder of the Good Samaritan School in Delhi, India, enjoy snacks, henna tattoos, make friendship bracelets, and hear the story read aloud by the author, Amanda Evans. FREE! The Book Spot, 1205 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock.
Slow Session: Little Herds- Saturday, June 7, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Intrigued by the idea of edible insects? Join Slow Food Austin to learn about (and even taste!) entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. Robert Nathan Allen, founder of Little Herds, will share the history and international culture of edible insects and why they could be our future to sustainable food. Co-sponsored by Art.Science.Gallery, the Slow Session will conclude with assorted samples, recipes and the opportunity to buy your own ingredients to make one of the world’s most plentiful and sustainable sources of protein a staple in your own home! FREE! Art Science Gallery, 916 Springdale Road, Austin.
Splash Bash at JCC - Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. JCC kicks off the summer with a pool party! Dive into summer and see what the JCC has to offer. Live music, food/drinks, inflatables, and much more. Fun for the whole family! FREE! Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin.
Kids Craft at IKEA- Sunday, June 8, from 12:30- 2 p.m.Decorate a Coffee Mug for Dad! Coffee Mugs and Decorating Supplies Provided. RSVP is appreciated. FREE! Surprise dear ol’ dad (or grandpa!) with a coffee mug he’ll never forget, decorated with loving care! Mugs are breakable, so an adult’s help is needed. At home, the mug will also need to be “cooked” at 350 degrees for one hour at home so the colors can set. Afterward, hand-washing is fine. IKEA, in the restaurant, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park – Sunday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” return to the Long Center for a 12th season of FREE ensemble concerts on Sunday evenings. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This Sunday, you can enjoy the Brass ensemble. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE Parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.